MEDIA: The Other, Other Opioid Crisis – Tramadol in West Africa

According to a 2016 study commissioned by the United Nations, 90% of all illicit opioids confiscated around the world were seized in North and Western Africa, and the vast majority of those opioids were tramadol tablets produced in India. These Royal-225 tablets are made predominantly by small, family-owned firms in India, who then export the … Continue reading MEDIA: The Other, Other Opioid Crisis – Tramadol in West Africa

POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface

"Just Beneath the Surface" by Dean B. [circa 2000] Just beneath the surface of her pleasant, winning smile, Pompous and indignant, it’s been there quite a while, Comforting, reliable, it keeps her in the dark, At least a million reasons and subtle quirks remark: “Sure it makes a lot of sense!” she’ll deal with it … Continue reading POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface

I am a Klonopin (Clonazepam) Lab Rat — My Loud Whispers of Hope

Think about how scientists determine whether medications are safe before they are manufactured. Most of the time they use lab rats, guinea pigs or mice to determine the safety, adverse reactions, side effects and effectiveness of medications and other things.  After giving these poor animals certain doses of medications over time they study their behaviors … Continue reading I am a Klonopin (Clonazepam) Lab Rat — My Loud Whispers of Hope

MEDIA: A Real-Life Catch Me if You Can (No Joke)

I just rediscovered this video online.  This was one part of a past "20/20" (ABC) special, and it chronicled the life of boy-next-door Anthony Curcio.  Yes, as you might have guessed, he does become addicted to drugs... Nevertheless, you will surely be enlightened. I'm sharing the video because I truly want everyone to pay attention … Continue reading MEDIA: A Real-Life Catch Me if You Can (No Joke)